Linda Sadler

9 February, 194910 June, 2021

Suddenly on June 10 at 1:11 a.m. Linda Diana Sadler joined the heavenly choir of angels to sing God’s praises during that morning’s solar eclipse.

Linda, along with her twin sister, was born on February 9, 1949 in Baltimore. She was the daughter of Raymond J. Sadler, a linotype operator for the Baltimore Sun, and Ida E. Sadler (nee Pawloski), a homemaker. She spent the first 27 years of life on the family farm on Bottom Rd. in Hydes, MD. She graduated summa cum laude from the last graduating class of St. Stephen High School, Bradshaw in 1967.

After attending business school in New York City, Linda worked for 17 years at H.G.Roebuck & Son, Printers and Lithographers in Baltimore. She began taking graphic design courses at MICA and in 1986 was hired by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Communications Programs as a graphic artist. She later became their foreign language managing editor. For over 20 years Linda collaborated with USAID and JHU to design and/or manage the design, translation, and production of publications and materials for health care providers worldwide. One of her favorite designs was a take-home project for the 1994 Cairo Conference. She retired from JHU in 2008.

Linda LOVED to sing. From harmonizing with her sisters as a child, to singing in dinner theatre, to being a cantor/chorister in several area churches, Linda raised her wide range soprano/tenor voice in song. She did a concert tour of the cathedrals of Spain with Baltimore Choral Arts. She sang with the Handel Choir of Baltimore (and designed many of their posters/programs). She performed with the Baltimore Masterworks Chorale, Bach in Baltimore, the Hopkins Choral Society and the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation.

Linda was a devout Catholic. She loved reading her daily “Magnificat” prayers and was a superkind, caring person. A born prankster, her subtle humor produced many, many laughs. One always looked for “artistic tweaks” in correspondence from her.

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved sister Sandra Balcer, her dear twin Janet Schap and her husband Bob, nephews Tony Balcer, Joe and Paul Schap and niece Lori Wagner. She is also survived by many loving great nieces and great nephews.

Family and friends are invited to gather at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Rd. on Friday, July 16 from 4 to 8 P.M. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 17 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, Hydes, with reception immediately following (please RSVP at by 7/9/21). The Mass may be viewed via livestream at Click on Worship then livestream Mass.

Contributions may be made in Linda’s memory to Bach in Baltimore in residence at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 ( or to Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 (


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Teresa Elligson

19 July 2021

Linda’s Mass of Remembrance was awesome! The deeply uplifting music and many heartfelt words spoke of Linda’s legacy of a life very well lived! I knew her more briefly than others, over the years. My memories, like many, are of her radiating love and kindness to everyone she met. Linda used every ounce of the many talents she possessed. Love to all who are now grieving her passing to a new life!

Ward Rinehart

14 July 2021

Dear Janet and family,
The news of Linda's death was sad. I worked with Linda at JHU/CCP for many years. She was a wonderful colleague and a good friend.
Linda was the graphics designer and translations manager for the Population Information Program. Following much in her father's footsteps, she designed our journal with just the right balance of scientific-looking sobriety and attention-getting flair. She taught herself how to use early page layout software. The two of us spent a lot of time in Hampton House trying to puzzle it out!
Linda also was responsible for translations into French, Spanish and Portuguese. I lent her a thick French-English dictionary that I had bought in Paris as a college student. I wasn't much of a French student, and the dictionary was hardly used. When I left JHU in 2005, she gave me back the dictionary. Now the pages were falling out, especially the Zs. The spine was held together with duct tape. That was how seriously she took her work--making sure every word was correct. I still have that dictionary, now retired to a place of honor. I treasure it as a memento of our friendship.
Linda and I had been working together for several years when we discovered a coincidence: We had spent our first years growing up just a few miles apart, near Fork, Maryland. Probably we never met as children, however, because we went to different schools and I was a year older. Too bad. If we had, I'm sure we would have been friends for life.
My best to you all,

Pat Zaccari

13 July 2021

Linda is a friend that will never be forgotten. I have so many wonderful memories. She was a fun loving person who could cheer you up when things was not going so well. She was so thoughtful thinking of others. Ask me when you see me about the red spots he was going to put on my infant son so many years ago, I still laugh at the thought of it. She was loved by my family and we considered her part of our family.

I will miss her until I see her again in heaven.

Peggy DAdamo

30 June 2021

I worked with Linda for many years at Johns Hopkins and always appreciated her work and her presence. I'm sorry I only learned about her death afterwards. I'd like to express my condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed by all of us who worked with her.

Peggy D'Adamo

Bill Tilghman

21 June 2021

Linda was a great friend to my wife Pam She sang in our wedding and always sent cards for birthdays and anniversary.
She was a special lady

Linda Brown

12 June 2021

Janet and bob ,

Gary and I are so sorry to hear about Linda. Dottie told me what you offered to do for Lauren What a thoughtful gift at such a hard time. I know what it’s like to loose a sister. You are in my thoughts and prayers

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